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Five Things Friday (Unlinked)

I’m not linking up with anyone.  And it’s actually Saturday morning in Singapore.  Double fail?

No way!  It’s still Friday evening in the US!!  And I’m (finally) sharing a blog post, after a week of blog-silence!  So that’s a double WIN in my opinion.  So let me ease back in by summarizing the last 5 days with 5 pictures for 5 Things Friday.  [Am I supposed to be linking up with someone??]

Sunday: My parents arrived in the wee hours of Sunday morning.  We finally got to bed around 3 AM, and when everyone finally woke up (at a much more reasonable hour of the morning!), we went for a hike at McRitchie Reservoir, and enjoyed a few minutes of breeze on the Treetop Walk.

Treetop Walk!  And a rare sighting of the RWH parents on the blog.

Treetop Walk! And a rare sighting of the RWH parents on the blog.

Monday: We took a lengthy walking tour of the historical parts of downtown Singapore.  Most of Singapore’s “historical” architecture is less than 50 years old, but we did the best we could.  We started with the Dalí sculpture in the UOB Plaza and the Fat Pigeon statue by the river, then caught the other riverside statues, the Cavanaugh Bridge, and the Fairmont Hotel.  After a quick glimpse at the Merlion, we headed across the river to the Esplanade, where we visited my cousin’s art exhibit, My Beautiful Indies: A Rereading, which will be exhibited in the Jendela visual arts space until Jan. 5 (Shameless Plug: Singapore folks, you should go! It’s free!).

We walked back around to the Victoria Theater and Old Parliament House which were, unfortunately, all covered by scaffolding and under construction.  Dad was disappointed by the crappy photo ops, but I pointed out that things under construction are the quintessential Singapore!  We assuaged him by having him pose with the Sir Stamford Raffles Statue.  We continued on to St. Andrews Cathedral, past Raffles Hotel, and on to the National Museum.  Whew!!  However, all the photos of those escapades are on my parent’s camera.  So I’ll leave you with this one, which captures how I’ve been getting in my workouts: By getting up extra early.  No one misses me then.

Bus stop at dawn.

Bus stop at dawn – on my way to the gym!

Tuesday: Christmas Eve! We hosted KMN’s family for dinner, so spent the day in a place that my family loves to be: The kitchen!  We cooked up a dinner of Asian mushroom soup, Adobo pork loin, roasted root veggies, and cranberry sauce.  I, of course, insisted on the American Christmas tradition of a cookie plate:

Clockwise from top: Gingerbread men (and women), Peanut Butter Blossoms, Ginger Cookies (the flatter ones), Molasses Cookies (the rounder ones).

Clockwise from top: Gingerbread men (and women), Peanut Butter Blossoms, Ginger Cookies (the flatter ones), Molasses Cookies (the rounder ones).

Wednesday: KMN’s family enthusiastically welcomed our whole crew for Christmas Dinner.  But before that, we enjoyed a pretty low-key Christmas day – baking pumpkin pies (to bring for dinner), enjoying a few gifts, and playing games.

Reason #529 we knew that KMN belonged in our family: He shared his box of Christmas chocolates with us during game time.  [Games + Chocolate are a RWH Family Tradition.]

Reason #529 that KMN belongs in our family: He understands the Games + Chocolate tradition, and happily shared his box of Christmas chocolates with us during an intense Scrabble session.

Thursday: We took a day trip out to Pulau Ubin, a tiny island that’s a 10 minute boat ride off the mainland.  The main attraction for us was the Chek Jawa Nature Reserve, one of the few places in Singapore where the coastline is preserved in its natural state (sand bars, sea grass ‘fields’, and protected habitats formed by mangrove swamps).  The easiest way to get around the small island is by bike.  Everyone played:

If it's a bit blurry, that's because I was taking it behind me, while I was riding.

If it’s a bit blurry, that’s because I was taking it behind me, while I was riding.

So that summarizes our last 5 days.  And now, we’re off for a few more adventures (YAY!) before my parents leave on Monday (BOO!).

What is your favorite (old or new) tradition in which you participated this holiday season?
I love when my whole family works together in the kitchen!  Food is one of our love languages.

If you could hear more about ONE of these days, which would it be?
[Sneaky way to get a quick reader survey in there, eh? :)]

Should I be linking up with someone for Five Things Friday?

A Day At The Singapore Zoo!

When we registered for the Safari Zoo Run 6K Fun Run (race report here), we anticipated making a day of the trip.  Admission to the Singapore Zoo was included in our race fee, and I had never actually been to the zoo, so I was super pumped.  Thankfully, KMN’s work schedule played nicely, and he was able to take the day “off” to explore with me.

While the weather was cool (relatively speaking) and overcast for the morning’s run, by the time we cooled off and got changed, a steady rain was falling.  No problem; we’d come prepared!

A little rain won't stop us!

We whipped out our rain gear, and started exploring. I don’t want to bore you with every minute detail of the day, so I’ll confine myself to 10 of my favorite stops from our day at the zoo:

1. Probiscus Monkeys: One look at these guys, and suddenly, my “prominent” family nose didn’t seem quite so large…  And the fingers on these monkeys are  unreal: incredibly long, dexterous, and mesmerizing to watch.

2. Otters: Ever since our trip to the Osaka Aquarium last year, I’ve been fascinated by otters.  They are incredibly playful, running/jumping/twisting/spinning all around their enclosure.  They never seem to get tired of this.  We watched two otters snuggle down for a snooze, while a third kept pulling extra branches/greenery into their sleeping area to cover them up.  I have no idea what this means in otter-land, but it was pretty adorable to watch!  We watched these rascals for at least 15 minutes, despite some of the day’s heaviest rain.  FYI, though?  Otters are smelly.

3. White Tigers: Very magestic…

White Tiger

Excuse me while I can’t get my camera to focus on the actual subject of this photo…

Taking a dip.  "Don't you dare call this a doggy paddle!"

Taking a dip. “Don’t you dare call this a doggy paddle!”

4. Himadryas Baboons: We also watched these for a good long time.  Some of the informational sign boards helped us identify the dominant male in the group, and at least one female in his harem (basically, she follows him around).  We also watched a second male playing nearby.  He got closer, and closer…sidling right up to the lady.

Me: Do you really think he’s going to?
KMN: Looks like it…

Sure enough (I swear this happened – I couldn’t possibly make this stuff up), his arm extended slowly, slowly, slowly…to her shoulders.  The dominant male was distracted doing something else, and Male #2’s hand went lower, and lower…and sure enough, he copped a feel.  Wow.  Just WOW. That was actually rather creepy.

5. Pygmy Hippos: We entered and saw this sign:

Go ahead, chuckle.  We did.

Go ahead, chuckle. We did.

“Hippo” and “ballerina” don’t seem like they belong in the same sentence, right?  WRONG.  These little hippos are denser than water, so they sink – but not very fast.  They breathe air, but live mostly underwater, where they gently walk/bound from place to place.  Their movements remind me of how astronauts move – weightlessly, purposefully, gently.  They were pretty mesmerizing, and they really did look like ballerinas!

[Side note: Isn’t there some kids book about a hippo ballerina?  Friends with kids, please help!]

6. Orangutans: I think Ah Meng started it all, but the Singapore Zoo has a very lively group of orangutans, and they live and play high in the trees in one section of the Zoo.  They are not enclosed in any way, and roam freely in the treetops and on the ropes, bridges, and ladders provided by the zoo.  We first spotted them during lunch, then got a closer look afterward.  They move so easily and freely, hundreds of feet in the air.  My palms were sweating just watching them!  And there were a few infant/children orangutans, too.  THEY were super-adorable, and moved almost as confidently as the adults!

7. Lunch: Our pre-race breakfast had been pretty early, so by about 2 PM, we were both ravenous.  We stopped at the “Forest Lodge” for a snack, and were pleasantly surprised to get two huge bowls of noodles for just $13 SGD, total.  Of course, this would have been cheaper at a hawker center – but we thought the price was fair, for such a large portion in the middle of a big tourist attraction.

Laksa for me (foreground), and mee siam for KMN.

Laksa for me (foreground), and Mee Siam for KMN.

8. African Penguins:  There’s just something about water-loving creatures.  I think the penguins are almost as much fun as the otters!

African Penguins

African Penguins

Also spotted in the penguin exhibit?  Runner legs!

His (L) and Hers (R)

His (L) and Hers (R)

9. Zebras: First of all, this sign:

At least it wasn't the Chicken Exhibit...

At least it wasn’t the Chicken Exhibit…

These guys were munching on some food right up close to the fence.  I enjoyed the “up close” look at their coats – fun eye-play both close up, and at a distance.  Somehow, they reminded me of myself: Not the most gorgeous or graceful, but a bit unusual, and proud of it – as well as strong and purposeful.  Yes, folks, I went to the zoo and identified with the zebra.  I’m not ashamed of it.  But…well…moving on…

10. Giraffes: While I was delighted and surprised by many of the earlier exhibits, a visit to the giraffes was what I was most anticipating for this trip.  We were fortunate to come by their enclosure just during snack time, and enjoyed watching a bunch of other tourists pay money to feed them a few pieces of carrots and celery.

Yes, their tongues are black. And really long.  They stick the tongue out, wrap it around the carrot, and pull it into their mouths.  That tongue is almost like an extra appendage!

Couldn't quite capture their tongues, though...

Couldn’t quite capture their tongues, though…

And these big guys brought our day to a close.  We had dinner plans, and figured we were probably due for a shower first.  We’d only managed to cover slightly over half of the zoo, though – and definitely want to return.  So, if anyone out there is looking to spend a day at the Singapore Zoo, I know a few people who’ll happily keep you company!  [As long as you promise to stop by the Otters.  And the Orangutans.  And the Giraffes.  And…hm. Well, maybe it’s better if we just go on our own, after all…]

Which one of these 10 would you want to hang out and watch for awhile?

Safari Zoo 6K Fun Run (2013): Belated Race Report

This is actually a report from the Safari Zoo Run, back on Feb. 17. Better late than never? Since the Commenters on my most recent race report (URun 2013) indicated that they wanted to hear about everything in a race, from logistics and organization, to port-a-potty reviews and hydration options, to how I felt during every mile of the race…there will be lots of details here.  Enjoy!  [Or click away now, if you prefer.  I’ll never really know…]

The back of the race shirt.

The back of the race shirt. Look closely at the “O”s. Cool, huh?

This race is held annually at the Singapore Zoo, and is dedicated the zoo’s beloved orangutan (proper pronunciation: orang-utan), Ah Meng.  She had been smuggled into Singapore from Indonesia, and in 1971 was rescued by a veterinarian and turned over to the zoo.  She gained huge popularity there, and became the zoo’s “poster child”, starring in promotional materials and meeting dignitaries, until her death in 2008.  The race is in her memory, and serves as a fundraiser for the Singapore Zoo (this year, it raised over $100,000 SGD).

The options for this race were a Competitive 12K Run or a 6K Fun Run.  When we signed up in December, I didn’t fully understand the difference.  Mostly, I just wanted a chance to check out the race, and drag KMN to the zoo.  [Race entry was $46 SGD, and included zoo admission on race day ($22 SGD value).  Whoo!]  We signed up for the 6K Fun Run.  The advantage was that the Fun Run started at 10 AM (compared to the 7AM start for the 12K).  Sweet!  The disadvantage was that the Fun Run was not officially timed.  No worries – that’s what a Garmin is for, anyway!

Thanks to the timing of Chinese New Year, packet pick-up was fully 2 weeks before the race:

Shirt, hat, cereal.  CEREAL!!!!  Of course I was won over... :)

Shirt, hat, cereal. CEREAL!!!! Not shown: Small towel and reusable shopping bag.

KMN also scooped a pair of his favorite Brooks sneakers at the mini-expo – a previous season’s style that were on sale.  Sneakers are expensive out here, so this was a great deal.  Whoot!

Now, here is my Public Service Announcement for anyone going to a race packet pick-up at Velocity (we’ve already done two there): Avoid going mid- to late-afternoon on Saturday, or be prepared to wait.  This is when the line seems to back-up the longest.  Unfortunately, the packet pick-up tables are squeezed into the center of the mall, and there really isn’t enough space for volunteers to work.  They do the best they can, and keep the line moving, but lots of participants + not much space for vollies to move around, get packets, etc. = some waiting time.  Plan ahead, leave yourself enough time, and go early, late, or on Sunday – which generally seems to be the less busy day.

There was also a bit of a hubbub about the substitution of a small towel in place of a stuffed animal in the packets.  I can’t verify what was promised, and frankly…I don’t care.  I’ve been over this before, but I’ll say it again: When I sign up for a race, I figure most of the money is going to race production.  Goodies are (mostly) a bonus – for me. I know Singaporeans feel otherwise, and lots of people made a stink and felt “gypped” without the stuffed animal.  That’s their prerogative, but I’m going to be a little judgmental here: Get over it, folks.  If you really signed up for the stuffed toy…it would’ve been cheaper just to buy the toy.  You’re still getting shirt, hat, towel, cereal, and zoo entry.  OH…and a race, too. Sheesh. *steps off soapbox*

So, when race morning rolled around, we reveled in our 10 AM start time by sleeping in a bit, then donned our race shirts (I know, I just made a point about how I don’t wear race shirts for races over 5K.  But this was 6K. And a fun run. So I did it.), and hopped on a bus to the zoo:

We're goin' to the zoo, zoo, zoo. How about you, you, you? You can come too, too, too! We're goin' to the zoo, zoo, zoo!

We’re goin’ to the zoo, zoo, zoo. How about you, you, you? You can come too, too, too! We’re goin’ to the zoo, zoo, zoo!

The zoo is a bit out of the city (duh), so there’s only one bus route that actually runs there.  While waiting for our transfer, I found this guy:

I chose to view this as a good omen.

He was trying to get to Sentosa for a beach day. I helped explain the bus schedules to him.

We hopped on the second bus, and I couldn’t help but crack up.  This was a regular city bus, but it was full of race participants, and race participants only – a sea of red Safari Run shirts.  We were in good company! Also?  Three cheers for public transport.  I think the parking situation for the 6K runners was a bit hairy – because many of the 12K runners were still at the zoo, and some of the parking lot was closed for the race rally, parking was pretty limited.  People were being forced to park along the road, over a mile from the start, and walk in.  The bus got caught in this traffic for a short time, but thankfully our driver made his way through it, and we were delivered steps away from the baggage drop ~40 minutes before the start.

We checked our bags (there was NO line), scoped out the scene, found the finish line, cheered for a Kid’s Race that was happening between the 12K and 6K, then made our way to the port-a-potties.  I, for once, didn’t have to go. KMN did, but when I asked him for the p-a-p report, the entirety of his report was: *shrug* “Fine, I guess.”  Sorry, folks. I’ll be sure to have a look for myself next time.

By this time, lots of people had already filled the Starting Chute.  We got very lucky, and were snuck in near the front by a generous volunteer, who opened the gate a smidge.  We squeeeeezed in – and trust me, it was cozy.  We were thankful that the morning was overcast – a sunny 10 AM start could be a very warm race. But the cloud-cover helped a lot, as did the surrounding forest.  I’d say temps at the start were probably 75°F/24°C, plus humidity.

Question: Why do race organizers think it’s a good idea to get a few people (usually from a local gym) on stage to do a “warm up” before the race???  [This is not Singapore-specific, by the way. I just think it’s stupid.]

1. Doing anything but your “regular” warm-up before you race is pretty dumb.  HEY YEAH! Let me do all these things I don’t usually do before I run a big race. Duh.  Please see: Don’t do anything different on race day, in this post.

2. Even if I wanted to follow your moves, I have approximately no space.  My elbow would be in my husband’s face, my foot in the groin of the fellow behind me, if I hop I’ll probably land on someone else’s foot, and if I bend over…yep, no way.

We did do a wave, though, from the Start Line to the back.  That was kinda fun, until it died. And then, we were off!  It took us about 90 seconds to actually cross the Start Line, and that’s when I started my Garmin.

My goal for the race (remember, this run actually preceded this past weekend’s 10K) was to get a feel for my speed.  I’ve been mostly base-building my mileage, without much speedwork, so I really wasn’t sure what my aerobic system – and my IT band – would think of a faster pace.  This race was a test.  I was hoping to hold my pace under 8 min/miles, and see what happened.

The first half-mile ran through the parking lot, and had several tight turns.  With so many runners packed together, this was tricky to navigate.  The route was bounded by temporary metal gates (whose legs actually stuck into the path, not such a wise idea from a safety perspective), and we weaved our way through the masses.  No one had lined up in any kind of order, so we were dodging around walkers, kids, and parents walking backwards trying to take pictures of their kids (there was a parent/child team option).  I’ll admit, I found this totally aggravating.  It’s totally normal in the US, too – but for goodness’ sake…if you plan on walking, start at the back.  I told myself to relax, and to take whatever the race gave – if it ended up being a slow jaunt through the parks, so be it.

But after about half a mile, we entered the Night Safari, through the entry turnstiles and onto the tram path – and I finally understood why we had such a long, windy jaunt through the parking lot: We had to separate a bit before hitting the turnstile, or else there would’ve been a major back-up.  I’m sure the route-planners did their best, but the turnstiles seem like a pretty silly inclusion on a race route, though.  KMN and I have been to the Night Safari several times – but always at night (obviously), and never walking on the tram paths (normally prohibited).

The tram path widened, and by that time I was closer to the front of the pack, so running was slightly easier. Running past all the animals was pretty neat – although they didn’t always agree.  This is probably the only time in my life that I had the opportunity to see an elephant throw poop at a race participant (true story).  We all had a good chuckle, and ran on.

Finally, between three-quarters of a mile and a mile into the race, magic happened, and everything opened up.  The feeling was so strange – peoplepeoplepeople…then…no one.  I felt like I was completely on my own. I cruised up some mild but persistent inclines and headed out of Night Safari and into the Zoo via some sneaky side path at just about 1.5 miles.  The Zoo section was a bit flatter, and still totally devoid of runners.

KMN, mid-race.  He claims he's trying to give the photographer the "OK" sign. ??  Photo Credit: Running Shots

KMN, mid-race. He claims he’s trying to give the photographer the “OK” sign. ?? Photo Credit: Running Shots

The Zoo must have already opened for the day, because there were actually some visitors wandering about!  This could have been annoying – and may have gotten tricky as a steadier flow of runners came through – but for me, it was fine.  Although I did feel like people were looking at me, “What is that white girl doing, running like crazy through here? Doesn’t she want to see the animals??” No, not really – I actually wanted to salvage my harder effort run.  Once things had opened up, I realized I could pick up my pace, and clipped off the next 2 miles pretty tidily.  I was happy to see paces under 8 min/mile coming up on my watch, and I kept my effort hard and steady, but not all-out.

6 Running Shots Safari Run Holly

I never really bought into that whole “the camera adds 10 lbs” thing…but this is a pretty unflattering photo. Also? I need a haircut. Photo Credit: Running Shots

I was sticking pretty well to my plan: Not running full-out, but running hard enough to get a workout.  I stopped paying any attention to the animals – since we were planning to come back to the zoo at a more leisurely pace anyway – and focused on form and keeping my turnover high.  When I got to the Pygmy Hippos, I knew (from my study of the map) that I was almost finished.  I pushed a bit harder, rounded a few bends, and strained to hear the finish line that I knew had to be coming.  Still nothing.

I'm not big on Finsher's Medals - but this one IS pretty cute.

I’m not big on Finisher’s Medals – but these guys ARE pretty cute!

Turn, turn, turn…very steep (short, but steep) climb – kudos to the course designer for that one – and then whoops, there it was!  Just like that, I was across the Finish Line.  Ellen B., I missed hearing you on the microphone!!  [I whispered to myself “You are a Pinnacle of Power!”, though, just for good measure.  <–Fleet Feet Rochester Folks, you know what I mean!]

I collected my Finsher’s Medal and some water.  KMN came through the Finish Line a few seconds later, and we spent five minutes wandering between the water table and the 100Plus (electrolyte drink) table, trying to rehydrate and cool down a bit.  We headed over to baggage claim (again, no line), then planted ourselves on the curb for some further cooling down.  And, of course, some post-race photos.

Overall, we enjoyed the race experience – it’s not every day you get to run through a zoo!  The initial congestion was annoying, but once we got past that, the course was really open and easy to run and follow.  I might suggest that the organizers encourage the parent/child teams, and walkers, to start at the back next time, though.  This was definitely a kid-friendly event, with special kid’s races, snacks, entertainment, etc.  I do appreciate a running event for all ages!!

As far as organization, everything seemed to be pretty smooth, except perhaps the parking situation (which we avoided).  Signs were clear, baggage drop was easy, and port-a-potty lines were short.  There were plenty of volunteers along the course, and 3 or 4 hydration points as well.  The 12K course is actually just a double-loop of the 6K course – I’m not sure it would be as much fun the second time around, though.  Overall, we had a good time, and it was a great bargain, since we used our bibs for admission to the zoo for the rest of the day (read about our day at the zoo in this post).

As far as a running event…I would recommend it 100% if you have kids.  I’d also recommend it if you want to run through a neat location, and spend a day at the zoo.  I also like the fact that it’s a fundraiser (many running events in Singapore aren’t).  Personally, I can’t say this race is an absolute guarantee for me next year – especially if it’s held back-to-back with the URun race again – but if I’m looking for a fun run, and another chance for a zoo visit, I’d certainly consider it!

I was pleasantly surprised when I looked at my final splits and saw this:

Mile 1: 9:14 min/ mile
Mile 2: 7:40
Mile 3: 7:31
Final 0.55 Miles: 7:27

I’m going to give myself the benefit of the doubt on this one, and take the liberty to average the last 2.55 miles and call that my 5K race pace.  Since I wasn’t racing all out, I’m going to assume I had another half mile at this pace left in me.  Some may call this cheating, but it’s the best way I can figure to get an approximate 5K pace estimate, for my current fitness. [The congestion of the first mile makes that pace very unrepresentative of what I can actually run.] This works out to an Approximate Average Pace of 7:32 min/mile.

Given that I haven’t been doing much (any) speed work, I’m actually pretty happy with this number. It’s more than a minute per mile off my PR pace, but that’s OK.  I’m a patient girl.  And next weekend, I’ll have a shot at an actual 5K race at the Venus Run 2013.  And after 3 races in Singapore, I may finally be learning something.  Note to Self: From now on, be pushier.  Start closer to the front.  Self: Roger that.

We’ll see what happens next weekend!!

Am I the only one who gets baffled/annoyed by “organized” pre-race warm-ups?

Have you ever raced in/through a really unusual place (like a zoo)?

Night Safari

After addressing the post swim hungries, it was time to introduce our guests to the Night Safari!!!

Holly holding a small stuffed elephant and rhinoceros.

Meet Ellie & Rhino (original, right?). They joined the four humans at the Night Safari. They were SO EXCITED.

KMN and I on the tram

KMN and I on the tram

Night Safari is a popular Singapore attraction – basically, it’s a nighttime zoo.  Many of the animals there are nocturnal, and the rest have had their internal clocks flipped by being fed at night instead of during the day, to keep them up and active in the evenings.  I’m not totally sure how I feel about this, but on the scale of “indignities to animals in captivity”, it seems pretty low.  And the animals seem generally well tended otherwise.  They don’t have an enormous amount of space, but many are smallish animals, and there is considerably effort made to avoid caging.

You can take a tram ride around the perimeter of the park to see some of the highlights and the larger animals, but my favorite part is wandering the footpaths.  I love going on a less-crowded evening, when I can really appreciate the surreal feeling of walking through the jungle (albeit on paved paths) at night.  There is a bit of light, but I still get the sense that I’m walking through the “forest” after dark.


Unfortunately, most photos at Night Safari come out something like this.

Black background, two glowing white scorpions.

I did manage to snap this pic of two Asian Black Forest Scorpions. They glow under a blacklight!

I love to find a less-popular area, where I can stand quietly and observe the animals for awhile.  As any naturalist knows, several minutes of quiet watching often reveals much more than a quick cruise past, and I greedily hoard these observations all for myself.  At least, I hoard them until KMN (or some other unsuspecting member of our group) walks past, then I gleefully pull them over, share my little nugget of observation, and force my victim to watch with me.   My friends and husband are infinitely patient. 🙂

On this particular trip, my favorite critters were the brush-tailed possum and the Asian otters.  Otters are stinky, but I don’t ever get tired of watching their fluid, speedy bodies zip over, around, and through the water.

I also learned that there is an animal called a wallaroo. (!!!!)  It looks like a kangaroo (which is large) and a wallaby (which is small), but is an intermediate size.  Who knew?  Wallaroo is my word for today, by the way.  I’ve been saying it in my head all day long.  [Shhh. I’m totally normal.  Shh…]

Info board from the zoo - A joey attaches itself to the mothers teat, and doesn't let go for THREE MONTHS.

On the topic of marsupials…a shout to all the mommas out there who are reading this while nursing in the middle of the night!

We pretty much closed out the park, around midnight.  KMN and I would have be negligent hosts if we didn’t bring our guests out for another Singaporean tradition: supper.  Singapore tends to be a late night kind of place, and supper is the fourth meal of the day, eaten sometime after 10 PM.  We weren’t up for a full-on meal (often big bowls of noodles), so we went for a lighter snack.  This spot is pretty famous for their beancurd, and is just a block from our apartment:

Sign for Rochor Beancurd House

This is my current favorite spot for bean curd, unless I have a breakfast craving.  This spot is “only” open from noon until 3 AM.

Beancurd again!  Plain on the left, and topped with grass jelly on the right.

Beancurd again! Plain on the left, and topped with grass jelly on the right.

Portuguese Egg Tarts: a layered, flaky crust, with a creamy, slightly sweet filling.  Delicious!

Portuguese Egg Tarts: a layered, flaky crust, with a creamy, slightly sweet filling. Delicious!




Yes, I had beancurd twice on Wednesday.
Except not really, because by the time we had supper, it was already Thursday. Whooo!

How do you think it was discovered that scorpions glow under blacklight?
[I’m imagining them walking into a rave…  “Hey man, what’s up with your exoskeleton??”]

Ever get a word stuck in your head?
[PS There’s always a first time.  *wallaroo…*]